The entering class profile is intended to provide a general picture of the students admitted and enrolled by UMW in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree program for the fall of 2021. Any statistical portrait is limited in describing the full range of individual differences among students who the University enrolls. UMW does not admit students by any rigid formula, and we seek to enroll a diverse and well-rounded student body.
Additionally, this will be the first entering class impacted by COVID-19. Uncertainty regarding the virus necessitated planning for multiple modalities, including virtual, face-to-face, and hybrid teaching. Student enrollment decisions were also affected economically by personal comfort about residential campus experiences and learning preferences (face to face v. virtual experiences).
The Freshman Class
The Admissions Committee reviews each candidate’s file individually, giving careful consideration to all aspects of the record. The committee places a strong emphasis on the quality of the student’s secondary school curriculum. Successful candidates present records of sound preparation for study in the liberal arts and sciences. Advanced, honors-level, and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course work is highly encouraged.
The committee reviewed 5,042 freshman applications for the fall of 2021. The University offered admission to 4,132 candidates, and 643 students enrolled as first-time students.
The University of Mary Washington strives to enroll a student body that is culturally and ethnically diverse. In 2021, 28% percent of the entering students identified themselves as racially or ethnically diverse.
Secondary School Performance
The University of Mary Washington views each freshman candidate’s academic achievement in the context of his or her particular high school. When evaluating high-school performance, we consider the course offerings and academic character of each secondary school. Applicants admitted to UMW have excelled in strong study programs, typically including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or similar honors-level and advanced classes. Although there is much variation among high schools, the grade-point average is one important descriptor of the freshman class’s academic quality.
In the information below, the “Middle 50%” indicates the range into which fell the middle one-half of the GPA, SAT, and ACT scores. Therefore, 25% were above this range while 25% were below the range.
Please note that UMW is a test choice, and applicants are not required to provide standardized test scores for admission consideration. Additionally, UMW automatically considers students admitted under the test choice policy for renewable Curriculum Scholarships.
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The 2021 freshmen came from 13 countries and 18 states, with the majority coming from Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
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